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Iraqi leader asks Chuck Hagel for more U.S. airstrikes, arms
Iraqi leader asks Chuck Hagel for more U.S. airstrikes, arms

Iraq’s leaders told Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Tuesday that local security forces want an increase in airstrikes and American-made weaponry in their fight to defeat Islamic State militants. The appeal by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi conveys the mounting pressure from Baghdad to ramp up efforts against the Sunni Muslim extremists as the U.S. campaign enters its fifth month. “We are very thankful for the support that's been given to us,” Abadi said during their meeting. “Our forces are very much advancing on the ground. But they need more air power and more … heavy weaponry. We need that.” Abadi said that Islamic State had acquired...

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